Marcus Smith named Sanlam Young Player of the Year 2018

Wednesday, 9th May 2018 @ 21:30

Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith won the Sanlam Young Player of the Year award at the 2018 RPA Awards, on Wednesday night.

After receiving the award Smith, 19, said: “To receive this award, voted by the players means a lot to me.

"I have enjoyed the year tremendously and would like to thank everyone at Harlequins and England who have given me such great support.

"I look forward to next season in anticipation of some more great experiences and some big wins for Quins.”

The Sanlam Young Player of the Year Award recognises the outstanding young player of the domestic season, as voted by the players. Nominees must be 23 years or younger at the start of the season.

The Young Player of the Year trophy is named after Harlequins and England scrum-half Nick Duncombe, who died tragically in 2003 from a rare form of blood poisoning, aged just 21.

In a succesful season for the fly-half, Smith has already been named IG Players' Player of the Season, adidas Supporters' Player of the Season and the Nick Duncombe Young Player of the Season at Harlequins' 2017/18 End of Season Awards.

Smith has enjoyed an exceptional breakthrough season in the quartered shirt, scoring 199 points in 28 appearances including accomplished performances away to Wasps and at Big Game 10 in front of more than 77,500 supporters.

He was also included in Eddie Jones' England training squad for the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations as well as being nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and winning Young Sportsman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA).

The RPA Awards, in association with England Rugby, were hosted on Wednesday 9th May at Battersea Evolution in London. 

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